The Royal Microscopical Society is committed to supporting the microscopy, imaging and cytometry community through a variety of different opportunities.
We have been pleased to host five Professional Internship Placement students in recent years, providing an opportunity for the students to develop their skills in a new environment. Through this scheme, the Society gains fresh perspectives and ideas, and it results in great projects that benefit both the Society and the community.
Undertaken in 2016 by University of Nottingham PhD Student, Aaron Horsey. This report was produced to assess the impact of the Society's Microscopy Activity Kits on schools, the RMS and other partner organisations. The aim was to highlight the impacts and follow this information up with suggestions of how to further maximise impact.
The RMS Facilities Database was developed closely with the Euro-BioImaging consortium and the existing list of Facilities hosted by the University of York. As part of the project undertaken by Charlotte Pain (Oxford Brookes University) in 2017 the database was updated and promoted to extend it's reach. It now has over 100 listings.
A Covid-19 inspired initiative to gather a list of useful courses, webinars, lectures and other online resources which would be of interest to anyone looking for ways to stay busy and motivated was the basis for this project. Nadine Field (Oxford Brookes University) transformed this list of over 180 links into a library of searchable resources.
Joanna Cull, a third-year PhD student at Oxford Brookes on the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Programme had the task of coordinating the design and delivery of the free-to-attend Learning Zone at Microscience Microscopy Congress 2023 (mmc2023).
The aim of the Learning Zone is to provide core microscopy knowledge and provide early career researchers with advice and tools to help them progress. Working alongside Andrew Scott the design process involved planning of audio/visual, power, signage, and furniture requirements. It also involved liaising with industry to arrange sponsorship through the loan of microscopes that were used in the Learning Zone for demonstrations. Joanna also worked alongside Kerry Thompson and the Outreach and Education Committee to create and deliver a programme of 25 lectures.
Produced by Zoe Barr (University of St Andrews), the impact report provides a summary of the impact to date, and the potential for continued benefits to students, teachers, RMS members and the wider scientific community of the Hitachi Global STEM Outreach Project portable SEM. The report is an assessment of the start of the programme and highlights areas of success and potential expansion and improvement.
We have a range of potential projects in the pipeline and can be flexible to the skills and strengths of each individual.
Ideally, an RMS intern would work from the RMS Office, located in Oxford, on a flexible and hybrid working basis. They are supported by the office team as well as the relevant committee or executive member for their project. Our intern becomes a member of the team and experiences a different environment and opportunities. Please note, in terms of funding, our placements are not paid. Previous internship students have come to us via a funding programme/organisation.
If you have a student in need of an internship please contact Victoria Masters.